Final Test (Hardcover)

The Battle for Adequacy in America's Schools

By Peter Schrag

New Press, 9781565848214, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2003

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (12/1/2005)

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Final Test describes a powerful new movement that has emerged across America in recent years to bridge the wide gap still separating the achievement of African American and Latino students from their white and Asian counterparts more than half a century after Brown v. Board. In the past fifteen years, scholars, judges, and advocates for poor children have begun to develop a progressive approach to education in which public policies and funding are based on calculations of "adequacy"--what it actually takes in teachers, books, facilities, and other resources to educate each child.

While Schrag explains the legal and legislative battles for reform with great insight and clarity, he also never loses sight of the human side of the story, "describing in poignant detail the impact of funding inequities on individual students and why 'money matters' in rectifying educational inadequacies" (Advocacy Center for Children's Educational Success with Standards). As the California Journal raved, "few writers can translate complex ideas into compelling nonfiction like Peter Schrag."

About the Author

Peter Schrag was for nineteen years the editorial page editor of the Sacramento Bee. He is the author of many books, and is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.